Discount clothing retailer Primark will open a 50,000 sq ft store at Thornfield's 1.6m sq ft scheme in Bury when it completes in 2010.
The Primark store will join anchors Marks & Spencer and Debenhams and fashion retailers Next and River Island, bringing the total floor space under contract or in solicitor's hands to 70% with 10 months to go before trading starts. Vue Cinemas, Pizza Express and AMF Bowling will anchor the leisure offer.
Thornfield anticipates the scheme will catapult Bury more than 100 places to 62nd ranked retail town in the UK, according to analyst CACI. The development includes 408 new one- and two-bed apartments.
Jason Marcus, chairman of Thornfield, half-owned by the Bank of Scotland, said: "The Rock will be one of the largest retail developments to open in the UK next year and given the current economic climate we are delighted to also be in legals with a large number of other exciting retailers and will be in a position to announce these shortly."
Patrick Wymer, Primark's property executive, said: "We have been looking for suitable opportunities in Bury for some time and we are delighted to now be able to open our first store in the town. We believe that our product range will be very popular in Bury and expect our new store to be extremely successful."
Thornfield is represented by CBRE, GCW and Nick Green & Co.